The Update

THE ONE I’ve been putting off posting. Training has gone off the rails a little bit thanks to my left shoulder, which has been getting progressively worse over the last few months. The WA Strongman qualifiers is where it must have happened though on the day it didn’t register. But what had been just an occasional niggle when pressing was now also affecting my pulling, squatting and yoke. One week I was benching 140 kgs for nearly 10 reps (touch and go), the next I couldn’t bench 100 without pain.

I booked an MRI but was too big to fit in the machine. There are larger ones around I’m told… but between now and the next time I get a day off work to sort this shit I got frustrated and just returned to training. I even kept my existing deadlift program. Squats are now performed with a cambered bar, and I’m still deciding on what I’m going to do upper-body wise that won’t exacerbate the issue.

Until I get the imaging done I won’t know for sure what the damage is, but I have made the decision to pull out of the WA Strongman state finals this year. I managed to deal with Powerlifting okay as it doesn’t involve overhead press. Putting myself through another SM comp right now would be a bad idea. I will still be there on the day though. I have trainees in the competition and I will be there to see them compete.

As stated, my programming is half-baked right now, but here’s what I’ve done so far this week:


Squats w/cambered bar:
44 kgs x 10
88 kgs x 10
130 kgs x 10
170 kgs x 10
200 kgs x 3

Supinated DB curls:
5 kgs x 2s x 20r

20 kgs x 2s x 15r


70 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 5
170 kgs x 3
220 kgs x 3 double overhand no straps TPR
250 kgs x 1
280 kgs x 6 PR